Nov 19, 2019  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, B.S.

Sociology and Anthropology   
Meredith Dye, program coordinator

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It is an expanding field that addresses challenging issues such as family dynamics, inequality, patterns of behavior, and forces for social change and resistance. Sociologists’ research can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life, from crime to corporate downsizing.

Students must receive at least a C in each required course. Additionally, students must complete 3 hours emphasizing institutions and the sociological imagination and 3 hours of critical perspectives in sociology (see below). Ideally students should take SOC 3040 , SOC 3050 , and SOC 3060  early in the academic program, but no later than the junior year and prior to enrolling in SOC 4980  which should be completed during the senior year. In consultation with the student’s advisor, the remaining 12 hours of electives may be organized into an emphasis. Possible emphases include, but are not limited to, social inequalities, deviance and social control, work and family, and health and aging.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Sociology, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements include Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Science categories.

The following General Education courses are recommended for this major:

  • SOC 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)
  • MATH 1530 (Math) (recommended)

Major Requirements (34 hours)

Institutions and Sociology Imagination

Choose 3 credit hours from the following:

Critical Perspectives

Choose 3 credit hours from the following:

Minor 1 (15-18 hours)

Minor 2 (15-18 hours)

Electives (12-18 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Recommended Curriculum: Sociology

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.


Subtotal: 29 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours


  • SOC 3060 - Sociological Theory 3 credit hours *
  • SOC ”institutions and sociological imagination” elective 3 credit hours *
  • SOC upper-division elective 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 15 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours


  • SOC 4980 - Senior Seminar in Sociology 3 credit hours *
  • SOC upper-division elective 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours
  • Minor courses (if needed) or electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours


* Required courses